• Associate professional nursing graduates, total number (Line chart)
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Indicator notes
Associate professional nursing graduates, total number
Indicator code: grad.assocnurs

Number of students who have obtained a recognised qualification as an associate professional nurse in a given year (see definition for "practising associate professional nurses").
- Graduates from a professional nurse programme
Country notes
No data available.
Source of data: Statistics Austria.
- excludes professional nursing graduates;
- excludes specific training ("Sonderausbildungen");
- excludes further education.
Note: Division on Professional and Associate professional nurses does not exist in the country,
Note: This category does not exist.
Data not available.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: Federal office of statistic
This category doesn't exist.
Source of data: Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia
Reference period: From the year 2008.data are provided by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. Data refers not on calendar, but on academic years. For example, registered data for the year 2008, refers to the 2007/2008 academic year (01.10.2007 – 30.09.2008)
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: Statens Serum Institut, Labour Register for Health Personnel.
- Data are overestimated as they cover all new authorisations registered which include foreigners not educated in Denmark.
- The education for associate professional nurses was created in 1990, and the first students were educated in 1992. The big increases are just a consequence of accumulated educated students for this new programme.
The category "associate nurses" does not exist in Estonia.
Data not available.
The category “associate professional nurses” does not exist in France.
There are no data.
Source of data: Federal Statistical Office, Statistics on Health schools, Statistics on vocational training; Statistisches Bundesamt, Fachserie 11, Reihe 2, table 4_8_1 & SdG_7; http://www.destatis.de.
- Passed examinations in nursing care.
- Associate professional nurses with a 1-year education (auxiliary nurses and auxiliary nurses for the elderly) who passed their examinations are included.
- Professional nurses with a 3-year education, midwives and emergency medical assistants are excluded.
- Data for the regional state of Hesse are estimated.
- Data are available from 1996 onwards.
Break in time series: As of reporting year 2012 a new classification of occupation (KldB-2010) has been introduced. Therefore the data are comparable only in a restricted manner to previous years.
Data not available.
Source of data: Up to 2012: Hungarian Central Statistical Office on the basis of the data collection of the Ministry of Human Resources. From 2013: Office of Health Care Authorisation and Administrative Procedures Full title of the database: Basic register.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Up to 2012: Data are provided for graduates in secondary vocational school.
- Up to 2013: Nurses, by the year of registration in the Basic Register excluding graduates from professional nurse programme
- Data on the professions of optometrists, dental technicians, pharmacy assistants, orthopaedic mechanics, medicinal gymnastics, medicinal massage therapists, sports massage therapists and infant and child attendants are not included.
Source of data: Statistics Iceland, Register of graduations.
Reference period: The calendar year.
- Includes associate professional nursing graduates who have six semesters of education (towards becoming an associate professional nurse) in secondary school (non-university) and 16 weeks of practical training in health institutions.
- As of 2006, graduates from a new so-called “associate nurse bridge” programme are also included. This programme is for health assistants with at least five years working experience as caring assistants and 4 semesters of education towards becoming an associate professional nurse in secondary school (non-university). In 2008, 107 (2007:8; 2006:3) graduated from this programme, and 115 from the general programme for associate professional nursing. In 2009, nine graduated from the “associate nurse bridge” programme and 94 from the general programme.
- Graduates from the professional nurse programme are excluded.
Associate professional nurses do not feature in the Irish Health Service (Source: HSE, Nursing Services Directorate).
Source of data: The data are based on the Nurses License Registry maintained by the Nursing Division and the Health Information Division in the Ministry of Health, for which the demographic information is periodically updated from the Population Registry at the Ministry of Interior.
Coverage: Data are for new licensed associate professional nurses who graduated in Israel.
- The policy of the Ministry of Health changed to reduce the number of associate professional nurses by not training new ones and re-training old ones as registered nurses.
Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Data not applicable.
Source: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Note: Division on Professional and Associate professional midwives does not exist in the country. All nurses are classified as professional nurses and the time series for associate professional nurses is set to 0.
Distinction between professional and associate nurses not possible in Latvia. Therefore, all nursing graduates have been categorized as Professional nursing graduates, and number of Associate professional nurses graduates is set to 0.
There is no such category in Lithuania.
Data not available.
This category does not exist in Malta.
Data not available.
Source of data: Statistics Netherlands, Statistics of education.
Coverage: The number includes nursing graduates in higher education (in Dutch: universiteit en HBO) and nursing graduates in senior vocational secondary education (in Dutch: MBO). The number of nursing graduates in higher education (in this case vocational colleges) is based on the “integrated higher education project”. In this project, Statistics Netherlands is working together with the Information Management Group (IBG), Higher Professional Education Council (HBO-Raad), Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The number of nursing graduates in senior vocational secondary education is based on data from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).  
- Associate professional nursing graduates refer to nursing graduates in senior vocational secondary education (level "4").
North Macedonia
The category “Associated professional nurse” does not exist.
There are no associate professional nurses in Norway.
The category "Associate professional nurses" does not exist in Poland.
The category “Associate professional nurses” does not exist in Portugal.
Republic of Moldova
The category does not exist in the country.
Source of data: National Institute of Statistics, Activity of Education Units (Statistical data on tertiary education) – annual survey performed by NIS.
Reference period: academic year. Break in the series: 1996 (Since 1996 including private sector). Explanation: The data series for "associate professional nursing graduates" is oscillating. The explanations are the following:
- in 1991 and 1992 the graduates refer only to high school education (only medical high school graduates became nurses),
- in 1993 and 1992 only the students in the last two years of medical care education were present in the medical high schools because these institutions were projected to be abolished (dissolved) but in parallel, post-secondary schools were established with respective graduates. Thus, for these two years, 1993 and 1994 there are secondary and post-secondary graduates with nurse certificate.
- from 1995 there are only post-secondary graduates.
- since 1996 including private sector.
Russian Federation
Data not available.
San Marino
The category does not exist.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia, Health Statistics Yearbook.
Reference period: 31st December.
Source of data:
- Since 2011: Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports from University Education Statistic. http://www.mecd.gob.es/educacion-mecd/areas-educacion/universidades/estadisticas-informes/estadistic as/alumnado.html.
- Up to 2010: National Statistics Institute (INE). University Education Statistic. http://www.ine.es/jaxi/menu.do?type=pcaxis&path=%2Ft13%2Fp405&file=inebase&L=0.
Coverage: The category 'associate professional nurses' (ISCO code 3221) does not exist in Spain.
Data not available.
Source of data: FSO Federal Statistical Office, Neuchatel; graduation statistics; yearly census.
There are no associate professional nurses in Turkey.
Note: division on Professional nurses and Associate professional nurses does not exist in Turkmenistan. All nurses have been classified as professional nurses and the time series for associate professional nurses is set to 0.
Note: Division of nurses on professional and associate professional does not exist in Ukraine.
United Kingdom
Data not available.
Note: there is no division of nurses on Professional and Associate professional in the country.